The Met Chorus Artists is the collective voice of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, a group of 80 full-time singers. Here we focus on the individuals - the people who make this world-class institution what it is.
Being a Met chorister often means lots of time spent rehearsing and performing, with not a lot of time left to give back. Thankfully, the company takes a break over the summer. While many of her colleagues were taking well-deserved vacations, Pat Steiner decided to use some of her time off to travel to South Africa to work with a group of incredible kids in Johannesburg...
Learn how mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Brooks spends her time outside of the Met. (Spoiler: it has to do with outreach and extremely cute dogs.)
Marc Persing grew up in the little town of Lewisburg, PA, right on the Susquehanna River. His childhood was spent as a boy soprano with the Lewisburg Men and Boys Choir. He loved playing Atari and Pac-Man in his spare time, and watching reruns of The Brady Bunch. Although he started as a pre-med major in college, his first voice teacher encouraged him to pursue his vocal studies - which he did, initiating a transfer to The Hartt School of Music to major in opera.
A profile of the Metropolitan Opera’s own C. A. Higgins, production assistant and author of the Lightless trilogy.
On the evening of January 6, 2016, The Metropolitan Opera dedicated its performance of La Boheme to the memory of Alan Gordon, who passed away on January 1st. Alan was the executive secretary of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the union which represents solo singers, choristers, stage managers, stage directors, dancers, choreographers and staff performers.
Elinor Harper, Soprano, was a pioneer in the racial integration of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She was the first African American female to be granted a full-time chorus contract with the Metropolitan Opera Company in 1961. Elinor led a vibrant and distinguished career and retired in 1999.
We've got a bonus recipe for you this month! Chorister Sara Heaton's husband, Justin Keller, is a creative mixologist who came up with a cocktail perfectly suited to the return of Puccini's Turandot...
Welcome back to the Recipe Corner, where members of the Met Opera Chorus (and members of the artistic staff!) share with you their favorite gastronomic delights! This month, chorister Rebecca Carvin offers a savory treat that can be customized to your liking...
Bass-baritone Chris Schaldenbrand is the kind of gentleman you want in your life. Besides being a kind, talented, hard-working colleague, he is also an extraordinary baker. His professional-level cakes inspire the fiercest competition at the AGMA Relief Fund Bake Sale’s silent auction, and anything he bakes for a Met Chorus gathering is destined to be both admired, photographed, Instagrammed, and, well, quickly demolished.
The Met Chorus Artists are a talented bunch but rarely are those talents so... tasty! Christopher Schaldenbrand has been baking as long as he has been singing and, luckily for the rest of us in the chorus, he hasn't stopped since taking on the rigors of a full-time position.